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Comedy
Steel Magnolias By Robert Harling - The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which gives the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Noises Off by Michael Frayn - Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run.

Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig - Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world-famous singer Tito Merelli, known as Il Stupendo, appearing for one night only as the star of the opera. Tito arrives late, and through a hilarious series of mishaps, he is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out.the rest of this screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

The Odd Couple by Neil Simon - This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - Oscar Wilde’s brilliantly clever comedic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, was once called by critic W.H. Auden, “the only pure verbal opera in English.” Earnest tells the story of two young gentlemen in London, who each live a double-life, creating elaborate deceptions to find some balance in their lives.

Tartuffe by Molliere - Controversial and popular from the time of its release, Moliere’s Tartuffe remains a biting satire aimed at religious hypocrisy.

Rumors by Neil Simon - At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce.

Midsummers Night Dream by William Shakespeare - In one of the most famous of literary love quadrangles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the tale of Hermia, Demetrius, Lysander, and Helena; four misguided lovers whose journey into the woods lands them in even more trouble, as members of the fairy kingdom decide to use them as veritable pawns in their own love games.

The Women by Claire Booth Luce - This brilliant play has assumed the status of a modern classic. Aside from the novelty of its involving a large cast of women (no male characters at all) it is an immensely entertaining panorama of our modern metropolitan world from the feminine view.

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward - In Private Lives, passion, laughter, romance, anger, and love set the stage for a battle of the sexes as divorced couple, Amanda and Elyot, find themselves unwittingly thrown together in Coward’s classic comedy of manners.

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Drama
Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett Adapted from Anne Frank’s Original Diary- During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands Anne Frank began to keep a diary on June 14, 1942, two days after her 13th birthday, and twenty two days before going into hiding with her mother, father, sister, and three other people.

Our Town by Thorton Wilder A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. Narrated by the “Stage Manager”, we follow the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through twelve years of life changes.

The Giver Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry. Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community.

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - A theatrical piece of distinct power, The Glass Menagerie is a memory play as told to us by Tom Wingfield, a merchant marine looking back on the Depression years he spent with his overbearing Southern genteel mother, Amanda, and his physically disabled, cripplingly shy sister, Laura.

The Normal Heart - by Larry Kramer A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man's lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - A love story for the ages. The Capulet and Montague households have been embroiled in a bloody fight for as long as anyone in Verona, Italy can remember. But when young Romeo Montague crashes the Capulet ball, he falls head-over-heels in love with young Juliet Capulet, what ensues is one of the most romantic and devastating love stories in the theatrical canon.

The Miracle Worker by William Gibson - Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller.

Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht Mother Courage and Her Children, follows one mother -- Mother Courage -- and her three children -- Eilif, Swiss Cheese, and Kattrin -- as they struggle to survive the Thirty Years War that ravaged Europe in the early 17th century. The very war that Mother Courage seeks to use to her advantage, however, ends up depriving her life of all its worth. Mother Courage and Her Children is considered one of the most powerful anti-war plays in existence and was written in just over a month near the beginning of World War II to protest the rise of Fascist Germany.

12 Angry Jurors by Reginald Rhodes On a hot summer day after a long trial, a jury must decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father.

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman chronicles the last days in the life of Willy Loman, a man who has spent more than three decades in sales and now, in his early sixties, finds his numbers—and his mind—slipping. At heart, this is the story of the members of this American family’s love for each other, and Willy’s corrosive love for the American Dream.

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Theatre For Families
Robin Hood Adapted by James Norris - In this merry play of medieval England, Robert Fitzooth of Locksley (aka Robin Hood) earns the displeasure of the sheriff of Nottingham by defending his home from unlawful seizure in the king's absence. Declared an outlaw, Robin gathers a few loyal friends about him and retires to Sherwood Forest, where he trains his men to play pranks on the rich, usurping officials and wins fame by his prowess as an archer.

James and the Giant Peach From the book by Roald Dahl. Dramatized by Richard R. George - A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape.

Pipi Longstockings adapted for the stage by Thomas W. Olson, from the novel by Astrid Lindgren with music by Roberta Carlson - On the outskirts of town stands a ramshackle house. It may not seem like much ’til you peek through the railings…then, there’s a horse on the porch, a monkey in the kitchen and a freckle-faced, red-pigtailed, whirlwind of a girl in mismatched stockings presiding over all! This is the domain of — ready? — Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking.

The Canterberry Tales by Burton Bumgardner - You’ll meet many of the pilgrims whose tales are most likely to be studied in high school, including the knight, the miller, the parson, the pardoner, the nun’s priest, and the friar. Even the wife of Bath has cleaned up her act for this adaptation and is now a nagging woman who sells self-help DVDs! The miller, too, makes an appearance, though nobody wants to hear anything he has to say!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Adapted by Tim Kelly from the novel by Victor Hugo - Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is one of the great classics of world literature, brings to life on the stage some of the most memorable fictional characters ever created: the pitiable but good-hearted bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, Quasimodo; the vain, handsome Captain Phoebus; the villainous Frollo; the temperamental poet, Pierre Gringoire, the colorful Beggars of Paris, and the beautiful, innocent, naive gypsy, Esmeralda, whom they all love.

Pollyanna Adapted by Susan Pargman - The story how a little girl’s faith in her father’s promise — that you can find something good about anything that happens — guides her steadfastly through circumstances that most adults would find formidable. Yet, Pollyanna faithfully plays her ’glad game,’ innocently teaching it to others wherever she goes.

The Secret Garden Adapted by Pamela Sterling from on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett - This joyous story about the growth and blossoming of the earth and the human spirit is a garden of delight for the ears and the imagination. Mary and Colin, whose natures have been badly warped, thrive with the discovery that selflessness opens a secret door to happiness.

The Hobbit Adapted by Edward Mast from J.R.R. Tolkien's novel - The Hobbit is a suspenseful, fast-moving journey through the sometimes dark, sometimes charming, always compelling world of Middle Earth. Bilbo Baggins is a comfortably well-off hobbit with a love for rousing adventure stories.

The Neverending Story Adapted by David S. Craig. Based on the novel by Michael Ende - old with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—The Neverending Story.

The Emperors New Clothes by Judith Baker Kase - The Emperor's New Clothes is a play in two acts based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Made thoroughly and appropriately Japanese, the beloved tale of the emperor is spiritedly brought to life and given further perspective in the Island Empire of Japan. Cynical courtiers and idealistic rogues act out their destiny to everyone's recognition and laughter. The result is an Oriental tapestry of theatrical pleasures.

Number The Stars by Lois Lowry - During the German occupation of Denmark in World War II, the Nazis closed down Jewish-owned businesses and began to round up the Jews for relocation to concentration camps for the final solution. Danish freedom fighters of all ages risked everything in daring, hurried attempts to rescue the entire Jewish population.

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Youth Productions
RENT School Edition - Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent School Edition is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.

Guys and Dolls Jr. - Guys and Dolls JR. is an adaptation of the show considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Frank Loesser's brassy, immortal score and witty book makes Guys and Dolls JR. a perennial crowd pleaser.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. - Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within.

High School Musical Jr. - Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

Singing In The Rain Jr. - The "Greatest Movie Musical of All Time" Singin' in the Rain JR. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin' in the Rain JR. a guaranteed good time for audiences of all ages.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. - Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR. is one blockbuster that audiences will find "Truly Scrumptious."

Lion King Jr. - Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world.. The African savannah comes to life on with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Mary Poppins Jr. - Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!

Legally Blonde Jr. - Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally BlondeThe Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons.

Xanadu Jr. - Xanadu JR. A moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep audiences in stitches while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift them out of their seats.

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Musicals
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat - Told entirely through song the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

Thoroughly Modern Millie - Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself.

West Side Story - A Classic retelling of Romeo and Juliet, Westside Story replaces the Montagues and the Capulets with the Sharks and the Jets and sets the story in the streets of 1950's New York City.

Seussical The Musical - The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

Chicago - Set in the roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie.

Grease - Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical.

Fiddler On The Roof - Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.

The Sound of Music- When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy.

Godspell - A small group of people helps Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing.

The Wizard of Oz - Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to the magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well. With all of the famous songs from the 1939 film starring Judy Garland, this is one musical you won’t soon forget.

Once Upon a Mattress - If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans.

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Holiday Shows
A Christmas Carol Adapted by Gary Peterson - In this traditional retelling of Dickens' classic story, Peterson has conscientiously endeavored to maintain the original flavor of the work, letting the story be told by the dialogue and unique staging.

Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson -In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

Suffer The Long Night By Mary Ruth Clark - It is opening night of the Merrillville Merry Art Player’s production of that classic suspense holiday thriller Suffer The Long Night. Alas, due to that nasty flu epidemic, there’s been a few last minute cast and crew changes, but in true showbiz fashion, the show must go on!

The Nutcracker Adapted by Olin Meadows and Cari Ancelet - At a gala Christmas Eve party, Clara's godfather presents her with an amazing Nutcracker in the form of a wooden soldier. He tells her he is a prince under the wicked enchantment of the Mouse King, and she joins him in a series of adventures in strange lands as he seeks to regain his throne.

The Gift of the Magi by O'Henry- It’s Jim and Della’s wedding anniversary. They’re young, terribly in love, and flat broke. Finding a gift that will express the warmth and closeness they feel for each other is almost impossible. This bittersweet love story describes the gifts Della and Jim give, and the price they have to pay. Their folly, however, makes them even richer. This is a beautiful, sympathetic, and warmly human account of O. Henry’s well-known story.

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